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Rebecca & Thomas

2017-04-02T15:01:22+00:00 March 21st, 2017|

Rebecca and Thomas celebrated their wedding reception on a beautiful Saturday evening at the barn. Embracing the rustic ambiance, they decorated the reception barn with lanterns, roses, mason jar vases and votives creating a warm atmosphere for their guests. We hope you enjoy the details of their reception just as much as we did!  

Event Planner: Courtney Hildebrand, Two Byrds Events

Caterer: The Local

DJ: Andy Wilfong

Photographer: Frank Murphy Photography

Food Truck: Carpe Donut

Cake: Chandler’s bakery

Transportation: Easy Rider

The Barn

2017-04-02T15:18:40+00:00 March 17th, 2017|

Today we thought we’d show some of our favorite photos from weddings at the Mount Ida Barn. Believe it or not, the Mount Ida Barn was built in 2014 and was initially used as a cattle barn and cow sales! Today, all 8500 sq. ft. of this barn has been fully renovated with special features that make it the perfect location for your reception. From over seeing the Blue Ridge Mountains to being in the area that Thomas Jefferson grew up, this area is chock-full of history. We hope you enjoy the photos just as much as we do!

The Clydesdales of Mount Ida Farm

2017-04-12T15:53:26+00:00 March 14th, 2017|

If you have been following us on social media, you may have seen pictures of our clients with some of our furry friends on property. We thought it would only be right to give them the spotlight today! There is no one who knows them better than our farm managers, Keith and Whitney, so we asked them to share all about our Clydesdales with you.

“Our Clydesdales, Sandy and Kopper, are full brothers who came to Mount Ida Farm in April of 2004. We traveled to the National Clydesdale sale in Springfield, Illinois looking for a pair of beautiful Clydesdales to add to the farm family. Their home prior to the sale was Pennsylvania.  

Sandy is the oldest brother, he was 8 years old when he came to the farm. He is still going strong at 21 years old. He has a stocky build, more laid back and is known to be silly. Sandy is happy to be Kopper’s leader. Sandy also lets Kopper do most of the work when hitched to pull the carriages. 

Kopper is the younger brother, he was 6 years old when we he came to the farm. He is a little taller and has a leaner frame than Sandy. Kopper is the cautious brother who is happy to follow quietly behind Sandy.   

These 2 have been in numerous photo shoots, pulled the carriage for weddings and are always willing to do what is asked of them. They both stand about 18 hand tall and are both registered. You will find them side by side in the pasture and if you see one of them, the other is close behind. Sandy and Kopper have been a joy to have on the farm and get plenty of attention from guests when they visit the venues.” 

So the next time you are visiting us, look for the two clydesdales! They just might come to you for a little attention!

Laurie Nicole Salon

2017-04-02T15:20:47+00:00 March 9th, 2017|

We’d love to introduce you to Laurie Talbott from Laurie Nicole Salon right here in Charlottesville, VA. Many brides and bridesmaids have gone to her for all things beauty! We did a rapid fire Q&A session with her to find out all the details like when you should schedule your last hair appointment before the big day!  

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into the salon industry.

A: I moved to to NYC for beauty school, right after high school and lived there 11 years, working and training at some of the top hair salons.  

Q: What hairstyle did you rock in Elementary School?

A: In Elementary School, I rocked a heavy bang- thanks to my mother and I hated it! 

Q: We’ve heard different answers in the past, can you set the record straight for us on when you should schedule your last haircut before the big wedding day?

A: Haircolor should be done 1-2 weeks prior to the big day. Haircut timeline can vary depending on the hairstyle or if the bride is using hair extensions for enhancement.  

Q: You can only watch one late-night talk show host for the rest of your life,Jimmy Fallon, James Corbin or Jimmy Kimmel. Who would it be?

A: Jimmy Fallon hands down! 

Q: Favorite wedding hair style to date?

A: My favorite wedding hairstyle is an elegant yet slightly messy updo for the ceremony, unpinned to fall easily into a half-updo for the reception.  

Q: What is one piece of advice you would give clients before they book hair/makeup artists?

A: Before booking hair and makeup, I recommend that a client finalizes their dress because that will dictate a lot. I also recommend bringing pictures of a couple DIFFERENT styles to try, keeping in mind they won’t always like what they’re expecting to! 

Follow Nicole on Facebook or Instagram or visit her website by clicking here.


Kimberly & Chris

2017-03-09T17:09:48+00:00 March 6th, 2017|

It may have been a little rainy for Kimberly & Chris’ wedding day, but everyone was calm and excited for the ceremony! That’s one plus of having an indoor ceremony option at Mount Ida Farm…whatever the weather decides to do, we are getting MARRIED! Kimberly walked down the aisle to marry her best friend who was patiently waiting in front of the grand fireplace.  Luckily, the rain lightened up and they still got to take some gorgeous photos outside.  They even were able to give some love to our beloved Clydesdales, Sandy & Kopper! (They REALLY love attention!) The Mount Ida team flipped their ceremony space into a warm and welcoming lounge area for their guests. One thing you will notice in these pictures is the love between Kimberly and Chris, and the importance of friends and family.  If you love any of their wedding ideas, don’t forget to pin them for your own wedding inspiration!


Planner: Maureen Mckenna

Caterer: Occassions Caterers

Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals & Paisley & Jade

Lighting: Blue Ridge AV & Lighting

Band: Attraction / Sam Hill Entertainment

Photographer: Rachel May Photography

Videographer: Jeff Butler

Floral: Floral Images

Hair & Makeup: Jeannie Cusick

Harvest Moon Catering

2017-02-22T20:49:31+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|

Picking a caterer is a daunting task because there are so many logistics, service styles and personal tastes to consider, which is why we would like to introduce you to one of our favorite caterers here in Charlottesville, Harvest Moon Catering! Get to know them, how they started and what interesting places catering has taken them with our Q&A with the team!


Q: How did Harvest Moon come to be?

A: A little over 21 years ago, UVA graduates Mark Hahn and Robert Gustafson saw the opportunity to cater for the University community, thus, Harvest Moon Catering was born.  With this initial success, HMC added weddings and private events to the mix.  As the company grew over time, they layered in quite a bit of philanthropic partnering with good works organizations to better serve the community in which we all live.  As Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville grew wildly in its popularity as a wedding destination town, so did Harvest Moon Catering’s success.


Q: Favorite part about your job?

A: I love getting to know my clients and their stories.  I love that regardless of how transient our world is, we continue to gather socially and share our important moments.  I love helping to coordinate these gatherings and shared moments.


Q: We know it takes a team of people to make dinner service work effectively and efficiently. What are some of the challenges and solutions to making sure everyone stays happy?

A: Challenges:

Dinner service challenges change depending on the style of service.  

  • With plated service, a couple of challenges are when we receive incorrect information regarding a guest’s order, and when guests change their order “in real time.”  
  • Cold weather can be a challenge for buffet dinner service.  
  • Having enough surface space on a table can be a challenge for Family style service.  
  • Making sure the Bride and Groom get to eat.


  • To resolve the issues of changing entree orders for plated service, we bring overage to ensure that we can accommodate a guest’s request.  We also designate one person, our “fixer”, to handle these changes in real time, so that our service teams can continue to serve tables, while a guest who wants something different isn’t left to wait.
  • Creating smart menus for buffet service can often prevent against weather issues negatively affecting the integrity of our food.  For example, trout and flank steak don’t hold their heat very well, but salmon and strip steak do.  
  • We ask our clients to limit the number of guests at each table to ensure we have enough surface space for family style platters.  We also provide guidance for smart table top plate choices, as well as other table top decor to ensure
  • We train servers who are then assigned to the bride and groom for the night.  This server ensures that the bride and groom are taken care of from post ceremony drinks, to post pictures appetizers, to dinner service, to a to go bag with snacks, sweets, and drinks for later that night.  


Q: What is your hidden talent?

A: I would say my hidden talent is seeing the logistical flow of an event under a variety of scenarios so that I can guide a client towards smart decisions.


Q: What is the one (of many!) Harvest Moon appetizers that no event is complete without?

A: Tuna tartar taco with wasabi creme fraiche and pickled radish or grilled shrimp and chorizo skewer with red onion jam.


Q: Most unique place Harvest Moon has taken you?

A: Carnegie Institute of Science in Washington DC

Harvest Moon Catering

Chris & Kelli

2017-03-09T17:13:48+00:00 February 21st, 2017|

As we near the end of 2016, we find ourselves looking back at past event photographs and becoming wrapped up in the moment. We can only imagine how Chris and Kelli, who tied the knot in April, feel when they look back at their wedding pictures photographed by The Mallory’s! They are too good to keep to ourselves, we hope you enjoy them as much as we do and we wish the happy couple years of bliss to come!

Event Planner: Courtney Hildebrand (Two Byrds Events)

Caterer: The Local

Officiant: Carol Ogburn

Lighting: MS Party Rentals and Event Lighting

Florist: Peggy Zunka

Photographer: The Mallory’s 

Entertainment: Congress Band

Transportation: Easy Rider Transportation

Sam Hill Entertainment

2017-02-20T19:47:29+00:00 February 19th, 2017|

We love working with vendors (our friendors!) and meeting new ones along the way! Today, we are shining a spotlight on Sam Hill Entertainment through a series of rapid fire Q&A with booking agent, Andy Jaspen. Not only is he great at helping suggest specific bands for your style, he gives some great advice and questions to ask when booking your entertainment. Let us introduce you to Andy!

Q: Tell us a little bit about Sam Hill Entertainment and how you found yourself working there?

A: I met Hank Wells, the owner/founder of Sam Hill Entertainment, when he had just formed the company in the mid-90’s and he was booking bands for fraternity parties at UVA on the Rugby Road scene. I was one of his early clients, a social chair for my fraternity, and I booked a lot of our bands with him in the early days. We formed a quick friendship over music. I graduated in ’99, worked a “real desk job” for 2 years that I quit in 2001 and I went out to California where my girlfriend (now wife, Jenny) was living, and was figuring out my next move. That was just when Hank was expanding Sam Hill Entertainment in exciting ways, and he was looking for somebody to help him around the office and do a little bit of everything …but back in Charlottesville. There were only 2 people working there at the time – still a very “small business.” On a whim, I left California, moved back to C’ville, took a job that paid little but had the promise of big things. Here I am, 15 years later, as a partner in the company.

Q: Favorite part about your job?

A: My favorite part of my job is meeting people years after their wedding or special event, and they say “hey, I used Sam Hill Entertainment to book a great band years ago”. Alas, they’re often somebody I worked with over phone and email but never got a chance to meet in person, but I ultimately get to share a moment and memory with them of one of our bands showing their family and guests an amazing time. That always feels really good.

Q: Your hidden talent?

A: My hidden talent …and favorite party trick …. is being able to conjure in my brain what day of the week a certain date was years ago or will be a year or more in the future. Since our business revolves so heavily around Saturdays in the calendar, people are often amazed when a date is mentioned far in the future, and I can say, “hey, that’s going to be a Thursday.” The honest reason I know that so quickly is its basically my job, but it still never ceases to impress people who themselves can’t remember what day tomorrow is going to be.

Q: Why book a band or DJ through Sam Hill Entertainment?

A: Sam Hill Entertainment specializes in 100% “live” music. There are other entertainment companies that also represent DJ’s, or magicians, or jugglers or whatever. That’s not us. We’re all about live bands and bringing the live music experience to special events. Our bands are all curated to be more than just uniquely talented on stage, but also extraordinarily client-focused off-stage. Our bands “get it” and approach events with clients in mind, first and foremost.

Q: You can only watch one late night talk show for the rest of your life, do you choose Jimmy Fallon, James Corbin or Jimmy Kimmel?

A: Ha, that’s a tough one. I love late-night TV. Grew up idolizing Letterman. Of today’s talents, I think Fallon is amazingly funny and hip, and James Corbin impresses me as well. But of those three, I probably identify with the overall brand of humor of Kimmel, so I’ll go with him. But honestly, I think I might appreciate Conan O’Brien the most. But he’s on TBS, so it barely counts.

Q: What is one question that brides/grooms should ask before booking a DJ/Band?

A: I would recommend asking how the communication and interaction will go and making sure a band’s (or agency’s) communication style is going to be a good fit. A client will spend a lot more time thinking about their event in the months prior and working in advance with their vendors than they will at the actual event itself. In many ways, how the communication and preparation process goes is just as meaningful to the overall experience as how things unfold on the big night. Sam Hill Entertainment as a company and all our bands try to be responsive, helpful and trusted stewards of the responsibility for entertainment at an event. We know that it often starts on the phone or through email, and want to make sure our clients are comfortable with the experience throughout the entire process.

Sam Hill Entertainment

Hallie & Bradford

2017-02-14T18:01:41+00:00 February 14th, 2017|

Hallie and Bradford were married at The Lodge on October 22, 2016 and their photographer, Paula Player Photography, captured the day perfectly! From the getting ready pictures, the emotional first look and the band that kept the party going reflected the love and joy that is shared between these two families. We hope you enjoy the photos as much as we did!

Venue: The Lodge at Mount Ida Farm

Event Planner: Beverly Wakefield (A Grand Affair)

Caterer for Wedding: The Local

Other Food: Carpe Donut

Officiant: Dr. Raymond Spence

Band: Horizon Band

Photographer: Paula Player Photography

Florist: Flowers by Cathy Lee

Hair/Makeup: Glam Squad

Transportation: Quicks Transportation and Mount Ida

Foxtail Cottage Floral

2017-02-12T19:29:40+00:00 February 11th, 2017|

Welcome back to our Meet our Friendors series! Today we would like to introduce you to Karen, owner of Foxtail Cottage Floral who has worked as a visual stylist and designer for over 20 years. She has the experience, the know how and the vision to make the ordinary great!  We might be a little obsessed with her website too, check it out here!


Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how Foxtail Cottage came to be?  

Foxtail came to be out of a desire to make and offer a creative environment for artists to work and feel safe and appreciated.

Q: We are sure you get asked this question a lot, but we have to ask! The dog that appears on your website, does he/she have a name?  

Niblet is my sweet little Havanese.  She loves the camera and she is a natural born star!


Q: Panera Bread or Baker’s Crust?  

Baker’s Crust.

Q: Upcoming wedding trends that you are seeing?   

I hope to see more rich and saturated colors.

Q: Favorite part about your job is?  

The design aspect.  I see the petals of flowers like paints on a palette.

Q: If you could travel anywhere for one day, where would it be?  

Bellagio, Lombardy.

Q: What is one question bride’s should ask before booking a florist?

How important are flowers to your wedding. If flowers are done well, with high quality flowers, containers ,etc ., this may be an expensive ticket item. But, well worth it!

Q: Favorite color combinations to work with are?  

A beautiful mix of deep wine burgundy, hot pink, and curry golden yellows.


Thanks Karen for having fun with us on our rapid-fire Q&A session!


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